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Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives - April PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Corey   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:43

PEORIA, Ill. (April 1, 2014) — With the arrival of spring comes sunnier days, warmer temperatures and a chance at a fresh start. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make blood donation part of their spring ritual and help support patients like 5-year-old Nathan Pennington.

In April of last year, Nathan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Nathan has received several blood product transfusions to help sustain his life following surgery to remove the tumor and currently receives periodic platelet transfusions as he continues his recovery.

“Nathan wouldn’t be here without lifesaving blood donors – it’s as simple as that,” said Corey Pennington, Nathan’s father. “Our family will always be grateful to all the blood donors who make sure patients like Nathan have the blood they need.”

Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients in need. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Carroll County

April 25 from 1-6 p.m. at Carroll County Farm Bureau, 811 S. Clay St. in Mount Carroll, Ill.

Clinton County

April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LyondellBasell, 3400 Anamosa Road in Clinton, Iowa

April 30 from 12-6 p.m. at Northeast High School, 3690 Hwy. 136 in Goose Lake, Iowa

Lee County

April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First St. in Dixon, Ill.

April 21 from 1:30-6 p.m. at Carlson Acupuncture & Chiropractic, 115 N. Galena in Dixon, Ill.

April 21 from 3-6 p.m. at Dixon Moose Lodge, 889 Shop Road in Dixon, Ill.

Whiteside County

April 16 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive in Sterling, Ill.

April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th St. in Fulton, Ill.

April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

April 24 from 4-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

April 30 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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EPILEPSY AND MEDICAL CANNABIS (MARIJUANA) SENATE BILL – SB2636 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Monta Ponsetto   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:25

QUAD CITIES – The Epilepsy Foundation is in support of Illinois Senate Bill 2636 which adds seizure conditions, including those characteristic of epilepsy, to the list of qualifying medical conditions in Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Program.  Currently the law does not allow minors to qualify for medical cannabis.  SB 2636 would allow both adults and minors to have access to medical cannabis to treat seizure conditions.  The Epilepsy Foundation’s national office issued a press release on 2.20.2014 calling for increased medical marijuana access and research:  

http://epilepsyfoundation.org/news/Epilepsy-Foundation-Calls-for-Increased-Medical-Marijuana-Access-and-Research.cfm

  • 1 in 26 have or will have epilepsy at some point in their lives – that means over 14,700 people in the Quad Cities Metro Area currently have or will develop epilepsy, a neurological condition that include recurring seizures. 
  • Approximately 1/3 of those will live with uncontrolled seizures.
  • People living with uncontrolled seizures live with the continual risk of serious injury and loss of life.
  • Illinois has a law that lists 35 conditions for which medical marijuana may be prescribed. 
  • Unlike 18 of the other 20 states that permit the use of medical marijuana, epilepsy is not included in the conditions for which marijuana may be prescribed under Illinois law.  

   

  •  In vitro and in vivo evidence exists of the impact that cannabidiol (“CBD”) can have on seizures, as well as anecdotal human evidence.  

   

  •  For epilepsy, the useful form of marijuana is an oil; it is not smoked.  

  • It is high in CBD and low in THC, the hallucinogenic component of marijuana. 

  • There is no alternative recreational use for this form of marijuana; it is formulated to treat seizures.

  • It is appropriate to allow patients, parents and physicians the ability to determine collectively if the compassionate use of medical marijuana is reasonable in each individual epilepsy case, including intractable pediatric cases.  

  • Illinois residents suffering from seizures should be afforded the same benefits available to those suffering from any of the 35 conditions included in the Illinois medical marijuana law. 

  • Illinois families shouldn’t have to split up and move out of state in order to gain access to a viable treatment for intractable seizures.

  • Senate Bill SB2636 Adds “Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy” to the list of qualifying conditions. 

  • Senate Bill SB2636 also adds pediatric patients, under the age of 18, suffering from “Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy” as qualifying patients. 

For more information contact the Epilepsy Foundation – Quad Cities at 309.373.0377 or email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide.  Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Its prevalence is greater than autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease combined. 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime:  that translates to over 14,700 individuals in our Quad Cities region.

It’s time to talk about epilepsy.

 
Migraine Prevention Tips PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 31 March 2014 10:38

Got a Headache? You’re Not Alone
Neurologist & Mind-Body Doc Shares Natural
Migraine Prevention Tips

Headaches are the number 3 reason women ages 18 to 44 go to emergency rooms, and the fifth-leading cause of emergency room visits among all Americans, according to a 2013 National Institutes of Health report, which calls headaches a major public health problem.

“The key to preventing headaches is, of course, to figure out what’s triggering them,” says Dr. Romie Mushtaq, www.BrainBodyBeauty.com, a neurologist, mind-body physician and an expert in Mindful Living. “While migraine and stress headaches can both be triggered by stress, migraines have many other possible triggers and they vary from one individual to the next.”

Dr. Romie has counseled thousands of headache sufferers and recently launched a six-week online seminar, Heal Your Headaches. She guides participants through ruling out various triggers, and shares traditional and holistic treatment options, among other information.

“It’s so important to educate people who suffer from headaches, especially migraines. There are many misconceptions about them,” she says. “I’ve had patients tell me they don’t have migraines because their headache isn’t accompanied by vomiting. Or they’ve been told they just have a low threshold for pain, even that they have no willpower!”

Dr. Romie advises patients to begin ruling out possible triggers.

“Start eliminating common food triggers from your diet, such as wine, chocolate and gluten, and if the headaches become less frequent or go away altogether, slowly add each item back,” she says. “It may quickly become apparent what’s triggering your headaches.”

If not, she shares other possible triggers people are not aware of:

• Are you getting enough sleep?
Migraines can be triggered by sleep deprivation. A lack of sleep can actually lead to structural changes in the proteins of the brain that make the trigeminal nerve more sensitive to pain. The trigeminal nerve supplies sensation to the face, head and meninges – the membranes surrounding the brain -- and it is the nerve pathway that is the foundation of the where migraine headaches start.

When we are stressed, our sleep gets disturbed, and headaches are often one of the first signs. Creating a routine at night to reduce stress prior to bedtime is a key. If you can’t sleep because of headache pain, talk to your doctor about the temporary use of sleep-aid medications.

Also, avoid caffeine after 12 p.m.

• Are you drinking enough water?
If you start feeling pressure or a dull headache at work, especially in the afternoon, it may be that you’re not drinking enough water during the day. Dehydration can cause fatigue, loss of focus and mid-day stress, which can trigger headaches, including migraines. Be sure to drink water throughout the day.

If you’re having trouble identifying your headache trigger, consider this natural therapy:

• Feverfew  for prevention:
Feverfew is one of many effective herbs studied for preventing migraine headaches  -- it has been studied in adults, but not children or pregnant women. The typical dose is 85 to 100mg daily. If you’re experiencing more than two migraine headaches a month, you should try this natural supplement. I don't recommend one brand over another; since brands are not regulated by the FDA, there is no scientific way to prove one is superior to another.

While these tips may help you gain control over your headaches, remember – anyone who has recurring headaches should see a physician, Dr. Romie says.

About Dr. Romie Mushtaq

Dr. Romie is a mind-body medicine physician and neurologist. She did her medical education and training at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Michigan, where she won numerous teaching and research awards. She brings to healing both her expertise of traditional Western training and Eastern modalities of mindfulness. She is currently a corporate health consultant and professional health and wellness life coach at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.  She is also an international professional speaker, addressing corporate audiences, health and wellness conferences and non-profit organizations.  Her website is www.BrainBodyBeauty.com.

 
Governor Quinn Urges Illinois Residents to Seize Historic Opportunity for Health Coverage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 31 March 2014 09:55

Encourages Uninsured People Across Illinois to Attend a “Last Chance” Enrollment Assistance Event

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today attended one of Get Covered Illinois’ (GCI) “Last Chance” enrollment events to urge everyone still waiting on the sidelines to take action to obtain affordable health coverage. With just three days left for uninsured residents to enroll in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), GCI is hosting a series of late-night “Last Chance” enrollment events to provide in-person assistance. For the next three nights, GCI will also be extending call center hours until midnight.

"We want everyone to know that if you don't have health insurance, now is the time to take action and get covered," Governor Quinn said. "We will have the Get Covered Illinois navigators working until midnight across the state to help uninsured residents sign up for affordable health coverage before the Monday deadline."

The Governor appeared at an enrollment event at the Broadway Armory on the north side of Chicago where navigators armed with laptops and computers were helping uninsured residents explore their coverage options and enroll in a health plan. The last day to enroll in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is March 31. Also at the event was the GCI Road2Coverage RV, which has been conducting a mobile tour across the state throughout the month of March to raise awareness about the historic opportunity to gain coverage and the impending deadline of enrollment.

More than 333,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health coverage under the ACA, according to federal and state figures. A total of 113,733 had purchased a plan through the Marketplace as of the end of February; an additional 220,000 have enrolled in expanded Medicaid under the ACA. GCI is on pace to meet the state-level enrollment estimate of 143,000 for the Marketplace established last September by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (from national Congressional Budget Office estimates).

The GCI website – GetCoveredIllinois.gov – has experienced a sharp increase in traffic during the month of March, seeing the daily count of unique visitors jump from less than 10,000 per day in February to 40,000 per day this week. In addition, the number using the GCI screening tool, which determines if applicants should seek coverage in the Marketplace or may be eligible for Medicaid, has tripled to more than 12,000 per day this week.

“We are telling everyone who was waiting until the last minute, that the last minute is now,” GCI Executive Director Jennifer Koehler said. “Our team is working statewide to help make sure Illinois consumers don’t miss out on the ‘Last Chance’ opportunity get the coverage before the March 31st deadline. We need everyone who hasn’t enrolled to start the process now!”

Failure to act to get health coverage could result in:

·         Missing out on the coverage you and your loved ones need to stay healthy – the next opportunity to enroll in Marketplace health plan will be in November, with coverage starting in January 2015.

·         Incurring huge medical bills if you get hurt or sick.

·         Being fined either 1 percent of income or $95, whichever is greater, when you file your 2014 federal taxes.

GCI is urging health care consumers to take advantage of the assistance that is being offered via the web, over the phone and in person through hundreds of community partners statewide.

·         Visit our website at GetCovereredIllinois.gov (includes a Spanish-language version).

·         Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at 866-311-1119.

·         Meet in person with a specially trained “Navigator” who can help you understand your options and help you enroll at one of the hundreds of partner sites across the state. There are more than 1,500 Navigators throughout the state that can be located by visiting the website and entering your zip code or through calling the Help Desk.

The following locations are offering special late hours for in-person enrollment assistance over the next three days:

Chicago events:

·         UIC Hospital: 1740 W. Taylor St., Saturday, Sunday, Monday 11 a.m. until midnight all three days.

·         Mercy Hospital: 2525 S. Michigan Ave., Saturday, Sunday, Monday noon to midnight.

·         Ann Sather’s: 909 W. Belmont Ave., Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m.-midnight, Monday 10 a.m. to midnight.

·         Norwegian American Hospital: 1044 N. Francisco, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 8 a.m. to midnight.

Outside of Chicago:

·         Ingalls Hospital: Harvey, 1 Ingalls Dr., Saturday, Sunday and Monday 8 a.m. to midnight.

·         St. John’s Hospital: Springfield, 800 Carpenter St., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight, Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

·         OSF St. Anthony: Rockford: 566 E. State St., Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 8 a.m. to midnight.

·         St. Elizabeth’s Hospital/East Side Health District: Belleville, 211 S.  3rd St., Saturday, noon to midnight.

Follow Get Covered Illinois on:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CoveredIllinois

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoveredIllinois

Twitter: @CoveredIllinois

Hashtag: #GetCoveredIllinois #Road2Coverage

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Quad City Health Initiative Elects New Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by E. Plumb   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:31
The Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) is proud to announce that Ms. Karla Steele has been elected to serve as the new Chair of the QCHI Board. Ms. Steele is an Attorney and Shareholder of Califf & Harper P.C. where she is engaged in the general practice of law. Ms. Steele joined the QCHI Board in 2011, and has served on the Executive Committee and as Vice Chair. "I'm honored to be asked to lead this community board," Ms. Steele says. "Our community's vitality depends upon securing the health and well-being of its community members. Together, we can make great improvements in our community's health status and quality of life."

QCHI is also pleased to announce the following elections to the QCHI Board: Mr. Tony Fuhrmeister, Store Director, HyVee Silvis; Mr. Jason Gordon, Director of Engagement, Community Health Charities; and Mr. Brad Martell, CEO, Scott County Family YMCA. 

"The election of these three experienced community leaders will enhance our ability to create a "culture of wellness" that supports healthy eating and active living in the Quad Cities," says Ms. Nicole Carkner, QCHI Executive Director. 

The Quad City Health Initiative is a cross-sector community partnership working to create a healthy community. A 25-member community Board oversees the organization, which was established in 1999. The Initiative seeks to be our community's recognized leader for creating collaborative action on health and abides by the core values of commitment, collaboration and creativity. Major financial support for QCHI is currently provided by the generous direct and in-kind investments of Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health Trinity. In 2013, additional financial support was provided by Deere & Company, KJWW, Davenport Eye Group, Mississippi Valley Health, Modern Woodmen of America, Quad City Bank and Trust, Royal Neighbors of America, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, ILLOWA Construction and Labor Management Council, United Way of the Quad Cities Area, Scott County Health Department, Rock Island County Health Department and Molyneaux Insurance.

For more information, please call 563-421-2815 or visit our website atwww.qchealthinitiative.org.

 
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